Stephen was the second son of Kiliaen and Maria (Van Cortlandt) Van Rensselaer. His marriage in 1729 to Elizabeth Groesbeek is recorded in the register of the Dutch Church at Albany. His older brother Jeremias who died unmarried in 1745 was the sixth patroon of Rensselaer Manor, and Stephen succeeded him. He in turn was succeeded by his son, Stephen (1742-69), the eighth patroon.
Bequest of Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr.
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